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Post Election Violence – CAN Demands Justice

ICC Note

“The violence was both political and religious because Christians and their churches and property were the main targets for destruction by the perpetrators of the violence. “

By John Shiklam
05/02/2011 Nigeria (All Africa)-Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the 19 Northern States and Abuja has asked President Goodluck Jonathan not to allow perpetrators of the post election violence that erupted in some northern states to go scot free as it had been the practice with other incidences in the past.

The association in a statement Sunday said the time had come for the government to take decisive steps to put an end to the persistent violence in the north under the guise of religious fanatism to an end in the corporate interest of the nation.

CAN in the statement signed by its Chairman, Archbishop Peter Jatau and the Secretary, Elder Saidu Dogo, noted that the violence was both political and religious “because Christians and their churches and property were the main targets for destruction by the perpetrators of the violence.”

The statement disclosed that over 300 churches were destroyed in all the states in the North where the crisis took place, while many Christians, including 11 Youth Corps members on national service were killed and several others rendered homeless by the rampaging rioters.

“CAN in the 19 Northern states believe that the violence was both political and religious because Christians and their churches and property were the main targets for destruction by the perpetrators of the violence.

“Even those Moslems who were perceived to be supporters of the PDP which they branded as a Christian party were equally attacked.

“CAN in 19 Northern states feel that the time has come for the Federal Government to take decisive steps to put the persistent carnage in the north under the guise of religions fanatism to a stop in the interest of the corporate existence of this country.

“We strongly support plans by the Federal Government to set up a commission of enquiry to investigate the violence and bring its perpetrators to Justice.

“Our experience in the past has shown that most commission of enquiries have been swept under the carpet and the culprits allowed to go scot free.

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